Kendrick Likely Will Sign Late

Jelan Kendrick's timetable is likely to leak into the spring session. Don't expect him to ink early but he will see a big football game this weekend.

If you're keeping score at home, mark Jelan Kendrick down for a spring signing. Scout.com's No. 15 prospect in the Class of 2010 isn't leaving himself much wiggle room in regards to signing early.

Kendrick handicapped his chances of signing early at "slim to zero" in regards to his signature.

"It's real slim, but who knows. I kind of want to see where everybody lands, what coaches are going to be in place and what players are going to the league and who's staying. I want an ultimate feel of where I need to be before making a decision. If I committed early, I'd have to feel comfortable. I don't want to rush into anything, I want to better myself."

Kendrick, who transferred to powerful Wheeler for his senior year, has been active on the visit trail this month. He went to Georgetown and then Indiana last weekend. Alabama will receive an official trip this weekend. BTW, that's a good call on his part with LSU in town!

The Hoyas have long been considered a strong player in his recruitment. "Georgetown had been recruiting me when I first came onto the circuit and a lot of people didn't know about me. They believed in when and thought I had star potential from the get go.

"What's special is that me and the coaches have bonded so well that when I get a chance to go up there and hang with them they're real calm like we're some sort of family."

Indiana has its own hook. Kendrick and assistant Rowshown McLeod have a long-standing relationship. "One of my closest people is Coach McLeod and he was down in Georgia before he was at Indiana. Hoosierland, they bleed, sleep and wake up to basketball. Coach Crean was instrumental and told me where I'll be in the offense and told me I could be one of the greats if I worked hard and did what I was supposed to do."

Georgia, Georgia Tech, UCLA, Oregon, Miami and Memphis also warrant mention. Kendrick said he doesn't have to worry about leaving home for college since his family uses the "buddy system" to travel. His mother is a flight attendant.

As for the possibility of missing out an opportunity to play for a certain school by signing late, Kendrick takes a philosophical approach.

"I'm a person that believes everything happens for a reason. If that's the case and it happens, the reason must be that I wasn't supposed to attend the school. I'll tell them to do what's right for their school."


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